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  1. Announcing Gears divisions first Gears of War 5 tournament. When: Sunday, April 26th 4pm EST Where: Gears of War 5, Lobby is being hosted by me Who Can Play: All vVv Members and Applicants are invited 14 spots are available Rules: It will be a 1 Game tournament to 50 Kills, 14 players will battle it out for the Top spot. Prizes: 1st Place will receive a vVv Gaming Shirt of their choice along with $25 Xbox cash 2nd Place will receive $15 Xbox Cash 3rd Place will receive $10 Xbox Cash I know these are tough times for a lot of us, so I figured I’d give back and get some in house competition going. This is completely funded by myself so prizes are what I could afford to offer right now. Hope to see everyone there I will be streaming this on twitch along with anyone else who’d like to help out. Thank You!
  2. vVv Gaming is proud to present our newest competitive game nights for Rocket League! These game nights will allow Teams and individual Rocketeers to bring their A game and level up their gaming skills in three unique events each week! Whether the goal is to improve teamwork, find suitable opponents, or just acquire valuable feedback on how to improve one’s gameplay, these events will accomplish just that! All of the events below will lead to a Season Finale where the best players and teams from the entire season will be allowed to participate! Each season will last 8 weeks (subject to change based on the feedback received in season 1). Players and Teams with highest scores will be invited to the two final tournaments. In order to create an environment that Rocketeers wish to be part of, an environment that encourages gamers to be competitive, to improve, and help others grow, we have made the first season a “test run”. What this means is that for the first season finale we will not be providing prizes to the winners. We hope that the first season will give us enough time to gather feedback from the participants in order to ensure quality of the event. Dependant on the success of the event, prizes will be introduced at a later time. Season 1 starts on Tuesday November 3rd. Supersonic Draft Supersonic Showdown Supersonic Shuffle Playing Games and Reporting Results: A tournament bracket will be created and can be accessed via http://www.vvv-gaming.com/RLBracket. (Note this link will take you to an external website that we use for hosting brackets and also this link will be kept up to date with the current active event). For all events above, the Admin will announce via TeamSpeak when the event has started. Once this happens you should contact the opposing team and host a private game among yourselves and play your best ouf of three matches. After you complete playing your match, one player from your team needs to report your score to the Admin. To keep things clean, please save replays of games you win in case we need to refer to them to prove a winner. Casting: We are looking for dedicated casters to stream these tournaments. Until we find these individuals we will be streaming the games played, however there will be no commentary. If you are interested in such a role, you can find more details here: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/forum/announcement/2-twitch-caster-opportunity-for-rocket-league/ Point System: You will receive points for your participation in each tournament. These points will determine the top 8 teams and top 24 players that will participate in the two season finale tournaments. The first tournament will be hosted for the top 8 teams based on the team scores from Supersonic Showndown event. The second tournament will be hosted for the top 24 players based on the combined individual scores from all 3 events. Keep in mind that participating in Supersonic Showdown event will earn Team Points as well as half of the total team points towards your individual points. For example if your total Team point score was 10 points, you will earn 5 individual points. This has been done to encourage individual players to participate in the “Supersonic Showdown” event and help fill out teams that are missing a player for the evening. Breakdown: 2 points for participating2 points for every match won2 additional points for placing 4th4 additional points for placing 3rd6 additional points for placing 2nd10 additional points for placing 1st To stay up to date on everything we do you can: Join our steam group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/vVvGamingRL Join the discussions on our Forum: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/forum If you have a question, just reach out to one of our event administrators via private messages on vVv Forum. Event Administrators: vVv Bagzli, vVv Samona, vVv Saturn, Chibigoat For more information on vVv Gaming and staying up to date with events that we host accross various games, visit our Website at http://vVv-Gaming.com or you can follow us on twitter @vVv_Gaming.
  3. Here are the top three plays from our recent 1v1 tournament, King of the Summoner's Hill VII! Which play was your favorite? Leave your answer below! Also, I'd love to hear any feedback you have for me on the video! Share your thoughts here and on the YouTube video. Make sure to share on social media sites!
  4. While the Riot Season 2 Championship has just finished wrapping up, action is just about to get started in the seventh edition of vVv Gaming's 1v1 tournament, King of the Summoner's Hill! This tournament will be run a little bit differently than previous editions of the event. Read on for more details! Date: October 27th, Starting at 2pm EST (Sign in begins at 1pm EST) Signups start: October 20th, 2012 • Tournament size: 32 Summoners. • Sign ups will continue until the day of the event. Priority will be given to the first 32 players to sign up. Anyone who signs up after the first 32 players will reserve a spot in the event if a player does not show. • Tournament participants will be required to sign in for the tournament an hour prior to the event beginning. • Anyone who has not shown up in the "KOTSH" chat channel by 1:30pm EST will be removed from the tournament. This will prevent early round byes and keep the tournament as fair as possible. Prizes: 1st Place - SteelSeries Kana Gaming Mouse (Donated by SteelSeries) and limited edition Tryndamere and Ryze statues from the Season 2 Championship! 2nd Place – SteelSeries Gaming Surface! (Donated by SteelSeries) 3rd Place - Out of print Riot Nasus Skin! Rules: • The tournament will be played on the Summoner's Rift map • The game will be made in a custom game with Blind Pick format, the players will then ban 3 champions each in a 1-1-1-1-1-1 format, with the higher seed banning first. If it is not clear who the higher seed is, the person on the right will ban first. • The opening round is a best of 1 series, the tournament rounds are a best of 3 series. • The tournament consists of middle lane and jungle only. No player is allowed to farm any minions or damage any towers from any other lane. • Winner is determined by the first player to kill the other THREE times or to take their opponent's SECOND mid-lane tower. • The summoner spells Teleport and Revive are banned during this event. • Seeding will be determined by random drawing for this tournament. 1) Each round will begin upon the command of the tournament director. Do not proceed to your next matchup until instructed to. This is to keep things running smoother and to open the opportunity to cast each game. 2) If a player is cheating, take a screen shot and prepare to present your case to a tournament administrator. 3) In between each round there will be a small delay of up to 10 minutes. The reason for this delay is make sure the tournament can proceed without complications. If there is a complication, it will be handled after the match it was presented in. 4) You have exactly 20 minutes to sign into the tournament. If you are not present after 20 minutes, you are automatically disqualified. If someone does not appear for the matchup in 20 minutes, please sign yourself as a victory and proceed to the next round. This only applies to the first round. Communication with the competitors and other Admins: In order to better facilitate the tournament, all competitors and in-game administrators/casters will be required to join the KOTSH chat channel inside the pvp.net client. This is done by clicking the chat button located at the bottom right-hand side of your pvp.net client (the one in the middle of the three there) and clicking on “Join/Create chat room,” and entering “KOTSH” without the quotation marks. This will make it easier to not only communicate with administrators inside the game, but also to help with finding your opponent more quickly. Handling Disconnection Issues: In the event that a Summoner has been disconnected from a match, the game may be remade only if these conditions apply: • The summoner disconnected before the game timer has reached 3 Minutes, AND • There has NOT been a First Blood, AND • A tower in either summoner’s middle lane has not fallen. In the event that a game has to be remade, the bans and picks WILL STAY THE SAME AS IF THE GAME NEVER HAD TO BE REMADE! If a Summoner has disconnected from the game and these conditions have not been met, the summoner must re-connect as swiftly as he or she possibly can. PLAY WILL CONTINUE. -- Sign up for King of the Summoner's Hill VII! Click here!
  5. Hello everyone! What's up? I've just been interviewed for Apex 2012, show some love and check it out! http://allisbrawl.co...st.aspx?id=1296 ¡Thanks for your time and have a nice day!
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    The NJ Halo Experience

    NJ HALO - KOTC EVENT - OCTOBER 8TH Yesterday, October 8th, was the day of what will be remembered as the quintessential beginning of East Coast Gears of War 3 LAN competition, as well as the site of many a . While the Devastation event was taking place the same weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, KOTC was hosting its own event in New Jersey for a multitude of games, including the new Gears of War 3, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Madden, Halo: Reach, and much, much more. So I'll tell you about my day. Around 11:30 am, I got picked up by my usual (as of late) carpool of Smash players D1, Alex Strife, Xivik, and Crismas. We enjoyed a fun ride into NJ from my dorm in New Rochelle, NY, blasting techno and game music, as usual. We mostly discussed the recent MK ban, which will go into full-effect at the beginning of next year. We also discussed my podcast, Directional Influence, as well as some other things that keep ourselves occupied by the time we arrived at the venue. This was my first time at a KOTC event, so pulling up to a hotel to take part in it was somewhat surprising considering most events I go to take place in small gaming-related venues. Once we parked, we headed straight in and ran into some of our other Smash friends, including NJ brawler Gunblade, on the huge line that extended through the entire lobby of the hotel and out into some other room. Needless to say, we cut the line. The Venue When I got into the main room of where the tournament was taking place, it was a cool sight to see. Off to the left were the smaller areas for Smash and Pokemon, while over in the middle and right, HD TVs were lined up for the sports titles, Call of Duty, Halo, and, of course, Gears 3. In a far corner was the commentary booth for the Gears 3 stream, which was a great touch to what would become a fun tournament for everyone. After I paid the venue fee, I made my way over to the Smash area to greet my friends and pay for my 1v1 event entry fee. Now, at the time, I was planning on entering both Smash 1v1 and Gears 4v4. Problem was, I didn't have a set team. The team I was scrimming with was not attending this event, and I was unsure of the plans of another player I had been in talks with for a while. So, needless to say, I was desperate to play and even more desperate to find a team. Eventually I ran into Topsyder and vVv TRod, an app and vVv CoD member, respectively. We had no idea what the team situation was, but because we had thought of teaming together for this event as a possibility, we decided it was a good idea. We then ran into vVv Toxicity and he became our fourth. The Gears 4v4 event was a bit weird. When we signed up, they took our name and checked that all of us had Gears 4v4 wristbands, then went about making the bracket. By hand. No one could give us a definite answer as to when we would play (it would be another couple of hours before we got to play our round one match). I also found out at this time that the event was single elimination, but people could buy-back in. Seriously? But I'll comment more on this later. When we finally played our first match, we were against Excellence Through Murder in a Best of 3, Execution-only set. Myself, TRod, TopSyder, and Tox, under the team name Leviathan, set up on our side of the table, going over our opening strategies and making sure all of our settings were correct. Gears 4v4 - Round 1 Game 1 - Hotel Execution Hotel Execution gave us a lot of hope because we pretty much played by-the-book. Everyone essentially did what they had to do and it worked well. Our main strategies focused on getting control of Torque during Digger rounds and locking down outside when it was Boomshot rounds. We ended up taking this map 4-1 with Tox and I impressing some of the spectators with some aggressive pushes on Torque and popping some skulls along the way. Considering we were off-host, this was a stellar accomplishment. Game 2 - Dry Dock Execution Then, we fell apart. We just could not get into our correct positioning for this map and we paid for it. We also couldn't make any attempt at abusing our host advantage and fell to getting crossed and not crossing ourselves, falling 1-4 on this map. It definitely killed our morale. Game 3 - Checkout Execution Back off-host, we played a back and forth match, doing well some rounds and playing awful the others. Our pushes didn't work all the time, but when they did, we solidly took the round. When it came down to a 3-3 tie in rounds, a few small mistakes cost us the round and the game. We were pretty devastated, considering that we were definitely skilled enough to take these guys down, but unfortunately we lost this set 2-1. Overall, I hope the legacy of Leviathan continues. In particular, myself and Toxicity definitely played well. We did great on our 2-man pushes to Torque on Hotel and Tox himself pointed out that he was impressed at how well I did during the set. Unfortunately, not many others saw this, but I hope him and whoever else did can vouch for me. I'm good at this game, people! Smash 1v1 At the same time, I was also playing Brawl. Because I entered Gears, I decided not to team with anyone for 2v2 and just stick to 1v1. Though Metaknight was still legal at this event, I decided against using him, instead pulling out my most used and comfortable character, Kirby, as well as a character I've been working on a lot with, Wario. This event had pools for singles: 5 man pools, top 3 advance. I was able to take the 3rd seed in my pool, ousting some while somberly losing to Dark Pch. and Ebo. My set with Ebo in particular got to me a bit, considering I definitely think I could have taken the set if I hadn't made some key mistakes. Oh well, maybe next time. Once I got into bracket, I faced my good friend Coontail, a Pokemon Trainer user. We had a close set, though he took it 2-0. He made a point of saying my Wario definitely surprised him, which kept my hopes high. After that, I faced WEDGE, a Sonic main, in loser's bracket and fell to him as well, thanks in part to my lack of knowledge of the Wario-Sonic match-up. This ultimately culminated in a 17th placing out of 40 something people. Not the best, but definitely one of my better placings. Some Comments... Now, the event was definitely enjoyable, but it wasn't the best I had come across. Considering the Smash event was ran fine, I really won't touch upon that. It was mainly the Gears event that bothered me. So I'll comment on that a bit. Essentially, for future KOTC events, they definitely need to fix things. There are a huge array of problems that made this event not as good as it could have been, and that's a problem for a game that has a less-than-stellar local scene and relies heavily on online-play and the MLG circuit. Some comments...: 1) KOTC needs to revamp it's bracket process It's 2011. We have programs to run brackets. Doing it by hand "randomly" is absolutely ridiculous and it's very time consuming. In the Smash community, we use a program called tio (free download here: http://allisbrawl.com/tio/). From the site itself: "The gold standard in tournament production software. tio is a highly advanced application for managing every part of a competetive tournament, from entrant registration and seeding to bracket finalization and payout calculations. tio's major features include: Three bracket types: single elimination, double elimination, and round-robin. An intuitive bracket viewer for easily managing and updating brackets with the mouse or keyboard. Manage money issues with entry fee tracking and customizable award amounts. Integrated station manager for tracking which game stations are in use and where each match is being played. Detailed results for each entrant, including overall placing and complete match history. Power features like multi-monitor support, fast keyboard navigation, advanced seeding methods, and score reporting." So, no more of this cheap, weird, by-hand bullshit. It takes literally five minutes to put together a full bracket and keep count of scores and money. It also allows you to seed teams based on skill, location, or in any manual way you please. Gears tournament organizers, please use this program. It's free and it's more helpful than a piece of construction paper and a list of team names 2) NO BUY-BACKS This is so ridiculous that it's not even funny. Tournaments are about testing skill, not how much money you have. Teams got outplaced by people who bought back...like, come on, I don't even need to explain how uncompetitive that is. Not only that, but it makes tournaments longer. I understand doing single-elimination because of time constraints, but because teams are constantly coming back into the bracket because of buy-backs, more time is being put into matches that never should have happened in the first place. Teams that had their matches happen very late couldn't even buy back into the event because of how late it was, though other teams constantly did it through-out the day. I didn't go to an event to lose to a team that only made it that far because they had more money to spend. If you seriously think buying back is legitimate, I have no words for you. 3) Don't be shady with money and prizes I've heard a lot of things about the money issues at these kinds of things. Simply put, here's how money should work for a successful tournament. Let's use Gears 3 for an example: -All Gears 3 teams pay a venue fee to be present at the venue and an entry fee to actually compete in the event. -Money that is collected through venue fees should go to paying off the bill for the venue. If there is extra, it should go into the prize pool for the players and to pay anyone that helped you run the event. The last thing you should worry about is making a profit for yourself; that is not what running a tournament is about. -Money that is collected through entry fees should go directly to the prize pool for that event. This means no prize caps, no shady money issues, none of that. It's really that simple. And everyone gets the money that they deserve. 4) Be organized Gears 4v4 should not have ran as late as it should have. Yeah, players were playing the game slow, but because of how large 4v4 is, plus the size of other games, you have to be aware of this. This means you may need more set-ups for the tournament to run smoother or make sure that once a match is done, another follows. And I mean immediately. This includes the stream. It's also a hassle when the venue is loud and it's hard to hear people even over a loud-speaker. Make information readily available to everyone at the venue at a table or something. Always make the bracket visible so people know who they are to play and at what time. Hell, start the event earlier - make games start up earlier in the morning so that the later games have more time to finish. Get people into the venue quicker...I mean, how big was that line outside? --- So yeah, there's a lot that needs to be fixed. But overall I had a great time at this event both playing Smash and Gears. As for Gears, I wish it the best in the future. I'll be sticking with it and I hope everyone else does, too. But I what I saw this weekend was definitely not the best way any tournament can be ran, and I didn't even see how the games like CoD and Halo went, as well. Next time, as always. Also, some quick shout-outs to some people I met: CDN, Vero, Goldenboy. Had some great conversations with you guys, particularly with CDN on the man-up rule. He's a pretty chill dude. xD And all my Smash dudes for being awesome!
  7. ============================================== vVv ZeRo's Tournament Blog #9: The Hedgehog's Lair ============================================== Hello everyone! How's everyone doing? Well? That's great to hear! Well, today I am going to tell you everything that went down on my last LAN tournament in Chile (The Hedgehog's Lair)! Okay, so let's get started! ======================================================= September 9th, 2011, 9:00 AM - "I think I need more money for this" ======================================================= I bought my bus ticket for 1pm to get to Santiago at 6-6:30 PM. I ate my breakfast, went to the shower, and had my bag/equipment ready at 11 AM. I still had 2 hours to take my bus, however, I was short on cash for this tournament (I needed 20$ to move around Santiago, so at that moment, it was an "adventure) so my mom told to go with her to a gas station on the way to the bus station. She would do a "trick" to get those 20$. Basically, in the gas station, you can buy with a credit card. However, they don't have the machine/or something necessary to do that in the gas station, so, you have to pay what you're going to buy at a store next to the gas station. Then, that store gives you the money in cash to buy that at the gas station. So, my mom paid those 20$ with the credit card at that store, and received those 20$ but in cash. She gave me those 20$ for my trip <3 (Love you mom!). Okay, all set and ready! The trip from there was quite easy, just a Colectivo (0.7$) to the center of the city and then walk about 5 streets to get to the bus station. I said goodbye to my mom, and of course, a big THANKS. I love, love, love when you can travel in the bus with no one on the seat next to you. And, well, the bus was about to get moving, and no one was on the seat next to me! I was about to smile, when a guy said "Excuse me". Oh man, almost! I usually spend my trips listening to music (Random songs that I like, like One Your Name, Blow me Away, what I've done, or the soundtrack of the Ace Attorney series), playing Resident Evil/Ace Attorney, or well, sleeping, haha. I had some nice bread with Chicken for the trip and orange juice for my lunch (yay). For some reason, halfway through the trip I started to feel really, really bad. I had a "cold" fever, and my stomach was "about" to explode. That went for an hour or so, but after that, for some weird reason, I felt great. I got to Santiago at 6:10 PM. I had to visit my Aunt's office to pick up her camera (to take pictures at the tournament!). I had to stop at the center of Santiago, and walk in one of the most dangerous streets in Santiago, and, walking with my travel bag . However, nothing happened! I picked up the camera, and then I took the subway to Ivan-Solid's house (the tournament was going to be in his house. Well, technically, not his house. Ivan's house has a big backyard, and a house on the backyard. The house is currently empty, so Ivan used that for the tournament). I got to Ivan's house around 7:30 PM. After greeting him, we played Brawl for an hour or two. After playing a lot of All Is Brawl all I wanted was to have a LAN session of practice before the tournament, and that's exactly what I got! Ivan organized a little “Smash meeting” in the place where the tournament was going to be held tomorrow (the empty house on the backyard of Ivan’s House). The smash meeting consisted of: FBI, Cloud, Kalas and Rollo. We played A LOT. I won a 1$ dollar money match against Cloud, my Fox vs his R.O.B. I won 3-1! They also played a little “prank” on me. I had to go to the bathroom, so I leaved my controller next to the Wii. When I came back, no controller was there! I asked “Yo guys, where‘s my controller” “I don’t know” was the answer of everyone. After 10 minutes searching, I started to get annoyed. Ivan asked me to help with the dinner of that night, to which I agreed. After helping him, he showed me where my controller was. ON THE ROOM NEXT TO WHERE we were playing! Haha, so funny. I love how blind I am when searching for anything! Hahahahah! I went to the bed at 2 AM. =============================================== September 10th, 2011, 9:00 AM - "Tournament day, yay!" =============================================== We waked up at 9 AM to prepare everything for the tournament (tables, TV's, Wiis, etc.). Then, right after we were done (11 AM) the people started to arrive for the tournament. After paying the venue fee and the singles Brawl and Mid Tier Singles Brawl, I was ready to go! I warmed up for about half an hour with Snake (The best Falco in Chile) and PiPn (a good MK/Snake player). Right after this, Mid Tier Brawl singles started. ========================== Mid Tier Brawl Singles - Pools ========================== Mid-Tier Brawl Singles is a tournament in which you can only use Mid-Tier characters. In Smash, you have a "tier list” (based on tournament results of the USA, or your smash area) on that list you can know which characters are the "best" for a tournament. For this tournament I used Fox. I started to use Fox in Brawl like, 2 days before this tournament. I didn’t master the "bread and butter" combos of Fox properly, or some of his tricks. But for some reason, I was playing very well with the character and catching people off guard with a lot of MY tricks. I warmed up with Fox (and got some last-minute practice too) with Dragon, who used to main Sonic in 2010-Early 2011 before changing to Meta Knight. He wasn’t able to take a single game from my Fox with his Sonic, so he started to use his secondary character, Diddy Kong. But the result was the same; I didn’t lose a single game! This last-minute practice session was very good for me, if I could beat very easily the person who will probably place Top 2 at the tournament, it’s because I will probably win the tournament! Right after about 7-8 games, the referees started calling the players for their matches in the pools. ------------------------------- Pools Round 1 : Mira ------------------------------- Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Yoshi (Mira) Stage: Final Destination Video: N/A Summary of the match: For some reason the Tournament Organizer allowed Yoshi in the mid tier tournament. I didn’t knew how to play the Yoshi Match Up as Fox, so at the start of the match I just spamed lasers on the other side of the stage to make him approach. And then I would jump, shine, and D-Air over his head and then land on his back. Then I would follow that with an U-Tilt and combo from there. Or block/dodge his approach and then punish accordingly with a Grab/UP-Smash7D-Smash. That was my main strategy, and it worked very well. I won with solid 2 stocks lead (I can’t remember the %). ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Round 2: ??? (I can’t remember his name. I’m sorry) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Pit (???) Stage: Battlefield Video: N/A Summary of the match: I believe that Fox has the upper-hand in projectiles power in this match up. Fox’s lasers are faster than Pit’s arrows, and Fox can use his reflector to reflect back Pit’s arrow. So at the start, I just camped with lasers and reflected with the shine any incoming arrows. He had to approach, and that’s exactly the game I wanted to play: A hit and run one! I would make him to approach, and Pit has limited options approaching: He can roll behind you, run and then shield, do an aerial attack (which is very unsafe) dodge or do a random side-b. I would just dodge and grab/U-Tilt or shield grab his approaches, and then follow up from there. I got a good lead, and then I got an early kill with an Up-Smash. He started to fish really bad to get a killing move on me, so I was able to deal a really big chunk of damage because of his obvious actions. And then I got another Up-Smash kill. After that, he got a good a F-Smash attack to me, that I didn’t reacted on time, which killed my first stock. I then played the same strategy, which worked really well again. He couldn’t keep up with it, and I got some really good D-Air combos, and improvised aerial combos (F-Air to U-Air for example) and then I finished the game with a good running Up-Smash kill. I won with 2 stocks and 80-90% percent of damage. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Round 3: ??? (I can’t remember his name. I’m sorry) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Wolf(???) Stage:Smashville Video: N/A Summary of the match: Like with Pit, I also believe that Fox has the upper-hand in the projectile side of the match up. I started the match shooting lasers from the ground because Wolf can’t run really fast, so he instantly got about 10% of damage. Right after that I jumped above him, D-Air, and then combo from there. My opponent wasn’t really experienced in the Fox match up, so I had a really easy time finding openings to do Fox combos, and finish off every stock from him. I don’t have too much to say in this match. I won with 2 stocks and 10-20% of damage, a solid win overall. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Round 4: Phantom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ https://fbcdn-sphoto...140045872_n.jpg Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Kirby (Phantom) Stage: Battlefield Video: N/A Summary of the match: I was really worried about this match, because I didn’t know how to play the Kirby Match Up! I also figured out that Kirby can crouch below Fox’s lasers! So I couldn’t shoot lasers this match, so I had to approach in order to win (and Kirby had a really good grab combo, so one mistake would mean a huge chunk of damage). My general strategy was to bait Phantom into doing a defensive reaction, like shielding, rolling or spot dodging, and then I would punish that with a D-Air to U-Tilt combo, or a simple Grab to D-Throw and following up from there. It worked great for the first stock, but Phantom adapted to that, and started being much more aggressive, and reacting before me. So I adapted to that, and started to predict and punish his reactions instead of just waiting for him to react first. We both played really well, and for that, we were tied for the whole game. My strategy to get the kill was really simple; I would not do anything, and stand still. Then I would wait for him to either attack me from the Air, or roll/dodge and then I would run or U-Smash him on reaction. Two things would happen, we would trade (which is what I wanted) or one of us would die, and most of the time, it would be him the person flying to the sky from Fox’s U-Smash! For this, I had a really good advantage anytime we were both at a high percent of damage. I managed to keep my overall game strategy solid through the first two stocks, but Phantom would quickly come back and tie up the game. Phantom got a really good combo string on my last stock, and then he kept me off the stage for a while, racking up about 100+% of damage just on that. I quickly got some of Fox’s D-Air to U-Tilt combos, and then I would predict his landing reaction (Attack, dodge or jump) and punish from there. I got him to 100% of damage while I was at 130%. He got with a D-Smash, and somehow, I did a really incredibly DI surviving the hit! I then, did a surprise Side-B to the top platform, and made my way to the ground again evading Phantom’s aerial attacks. Any Smash attack at this point of the game would mean the end of the game. I played really carefully, searching for any D-Air to U-Smash opportunity. Phantom was just crouching and waiting for me to react first. He made the fatal mistake of rolling away from me while he was close to me, I reacted to that and U-Smashed him for the win! After a good “Let’s GO!” I shaked Phantom’s hand for the good game we just played. I advanced trough pools with a 4-0 record! Beating Phantom in a close game felt really good, which made me feel much more comfortable with Fox. I was very excited to play in the bracket, I knew I could win! After pools, I had the time to eat my lunch, and watch some Melee Tournament matches. It was quite impressive to see Felipe_9535 (that’s his Gamertag) OWNING with Donkey Kong, who is not a really good character in the tournament side of Melee. Felipe took 3rd using Donkey Kong and Mr. Game & Watch (Another “bad” character for competitive Melee) which is a really impressive feat! After watching some sets, the bracket play started. ============================ Brawl: Mid-Tier Bracket play ============================ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bracket Round 1: Cloud ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs R.O.B. (Cloud) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Halberd Video: N/A Summary of the match: Cloud is a pretty good R.O.B. main from Santiago. I was going very confident in this match, because of the 1$ Money Match we played last night. I knew how to move around in the match up, but I knew that my inexperience with Fox could betray me at any moment, so I played safe at first, and didn’t went for anything crazy or fancy that could cost me the match. I started camping with lasers, and I just shined his Gyro/Lasers, so he had to approach. R.O.B. is not very good at approaching, so I just baited him into the air, and then I would do a Phantasm to the other side to keep shooting lasers. After a few times (and some occasional, F-Airs and D-Air combos), I got him pretty quickly to kill percent (100+ %). It was really easy to kill Cloud, I would bait him to approach me with lasers, and I would U-Smash his Dash Attack/Rolls/Spot Dodges, or Shield + U-Smash out of shield his N-Airs. I basically repeated the same strategy 3 times, and won game 1 with 2 stocks and 30-40%. For some weird reason, he counterpicked me to Halberd. This made everything much easier. Halberd has a lower ceiling, so that means, that anyone dies off the top much earlier (porcent wise). So instead of killing R.O.B. at 100+ %, I could kill him 10% earlier, at 90+ %, which was a very good advantage. I repeated almost the same strategy, but tweaked some things like more surprise aerial attacks, and better D-Throw follow ups. Cloud couldn’t adapt in the end, and fall behind pretty fast. I won with 2 stocks and 80-90%. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Winners Bracket Semi-Finals: Dragon ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Sonic (Dragon) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Yoshi’s Island Video: N/A Summary of the match: I was also very confident going into this match, thanks to the friendlies before pools. Again, baiting my opponent with lasers at the start was a very good idea. The only “catch” in this match was that Sonic is the fastest character in the game, so he can travel from one edge of the stage, to the other in just a blink. This means, I couldn’t spam lasers too much. My strategy was to make him to approach thanks to Fox’s lasers, and punish Sonic’s Spin Dash trajectory with a B-Air, or Lasers depending of where he went. And then I would U-Smash Sonic’s Spin Dash to finish off his stocks, or punish a well-read roll/spot dodge/Blocked Aerial Attack with an Up-Smash. Dragon couldn’t adapt to my strategy in Smashville, and it was an easy game 1 win to me. I won with 2 stocks and 10-20%. I banned PictoChat because I didn’t want to deal with Sonic’s tricks on PictoChat. He counterpicked me to Yoshi’s Island. Now, I know that Sonic’s Spin Dash gets powered up with slopes like in Yoshi’s Island. And that Sonic’s like to stay at the edge of the stage charging a Spin Dash. I just stayed at the opposite edge of the stage and spammed lasers that would hit Sonic’s Spin Dash. He would have to approach, and it would be an easy punish/hit for me. That’s how this game went, pretty much. Dragon failed to adapt once again, and I won this game without much trouble. I won with 2 stocks and 60-70%. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Winners Bracket Finals: Hb2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Peach (Hb2) Stage: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Jungle Japes Game 3: Yoshi’s Island Video: N/A Summary of the match: I was kind of worried in this match, because Hb2 could use his current main character in this tournament. While I had to use a character I didn’t had any experience with. I knew that Peach could combo Fox with Floating D-Airs really hard, so I would do a long jump over him, shined/jumped to mix up, and I would land with a D-Air over Peach’s head and combo from there. And I would make him to approach thanks to Fox’s Lasers. Hb2 started to dodge, and F-Air my D-Airs, and started to out camp me with well positioned Turnips. But I adapted to that, and changed my style to something more aggressive. I started to F-Air/B-Air Peach when she was floating, and that worked out really well to rack up damage (F-Air) and finish off stocks (B-Air). My main strategy to finish off Peach’s stocks was to bait him to float thanks to Fox’s lasers, and I would stand close to him and predict where he would land, or if he would F-Air to Up-Smash it immediately. I won game 1 with 1 stock and 30-40%. He counterpicked me to Jungle Japes. I felt really confident when he said that his Counterpick was going to be Jungle Japes. This is Jungle Japes: http://images.wikia....JungleJapes.jpg As you can see, there are two platforms who are a little bit elevated from the main platform in the middle. This means that I could run away thanks to Fox’s speed and Phantasm, and spam lasers to make him approach. And he would have to approach me in the Air if I camped in any of the platforms. And a Peach approaching from this position means easy Up-Smashes! While this stage sounded really well “in paper”, in the game, it was very different. Hb2 completely changed his style, and camped really well with Peach turnips, cancelled my Phantasms with Peach’s D-Air/N-Air, and combo from there, and he would do a low float to F-Air me really safely. I started to lose the match, but I quickly came back due to a nice string of attacks I got on his second stock which ended on a nice F-Smash to get him to his last stock. I was on my last stock, with 90% while Hb2 was with his last stock too, but with 0%. I played extremely careful, and camped really hard to rack up easy damage. I got him to 40% with just lasers and well-timed Phantasms. Then he got me with a F-Air that ALMOST killed me. I made my way back to the main platform, and blocked his obvious F-Air, and then I F-Aired Out of Shield to get him to the air. Then I U-Aired him, and then I spammed him with lasers when he was falling down (I didn’t wanted to get N-Aired, so I took the safe route and spammed lasers). After some “camping wars” he was at 115%, and I was at 160%. I jumped to him, and started doing full hops in front of him. He started to float away from me baiting me to do an Up-Smash to kill me with a F-Air. I “unexpectedly”, ran up to him, turned around, jumped, and B-Aired him in the face to win the game! He counterpicked me to Yoshi’s Island. Hb2, sadly, lost all momentum in game 2, so I won pretty easily in game 3. I won with 2 stocks and 80-90%. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Grand Finals: Ivan-Solid ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Sheik/Sonic (Ivan-Solid) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Smashville Game 3: PictoChat Video: N/A Summary of the match: I was very confident going into the grand finals. I beat Ivan’s Sonic very easily on the last night’s friendlies. However, he surprised me a lot. He went Sheik in game 1 and 2. Sheik is a very hard counter against Fox. Sheik can do some ridiculous combos (10-80%) with her EASIEST move to land; F-Tilt. So any F-Tilt basically means “almost” my stock. I played extremely safe and campy, and NEVER leaved the platform of Smashville. Making him to approach to me was my only option to win. He still got one deadly F-Tilt combo on me on my second stock, which dealt about 90% of damage. Besides of evading the F-Tilt combo, Ivan’s Sheik was really simple. For the kill, I would wait for him to jump, or corner him in the edge of the stage and punish his roll/spot dodge with an Up-Smash. I won with 1 stock and 10-20%. He counterpicked me to Smashville again (I banned Final Destination because there aren’t platforms where I can hide). But he made one change this time around. Instead of playing Sheik the whole time, he would change to Zelda (Sheik/Zelda “share the same character” if you press Down-B you can change between characters) to finish off my stock. This match was really easy, everytime he changed to Zelda; I would play really aggressive and deal A LOT of damage. And I used the same strategy in game 1 against his Sheik. I won with 2 stocks and 90-100%. He counterpicked me to PictoChat with Sonic, his main character. I played the same way like I did against Dragon, and it worked perfectly! I won quite easily with 2 stocks and 100-110%. Yay, I won Brawl Mid-Tier Singles! Immediately after Brawl Mid-Tier Singles Grand Finals I had to play in Brawl Singles pools (The pools started a little bit before Mid-Tier Grand Finals). =================== Brawl: Singles Pools =================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 1 -Mira ------------------------------------------------------------------------ https://fbcdn-sphoto...133846229_n.jpg Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Falco (Mira) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Video: N/A Summary of the match: I like to play the Falco match-up really safe with raising D-Airs, and well-timed tornados to shield poke Falco’s shield. Then, after I get 50+ Damage (Which means no Chain Grab) I change my style to a grounded one where I mix up Dash Attacks, Forward Rolls, and F/D-Tilts to get around Falco’s strong ground game. One grab means 50+ % of damage + follow ups, and Meta Knight can die starting from 100% by Falco’s Up-Smash. This means, one grab, more than half the damage Falco needs to kill Meta Knight. There isn’t much to say about this match, I played really well and won with 2 stocks and 30-40% of damage. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 2 - Zean ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (Zean) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Video: Summary of the match: Zean’s Meta Knight surprised me a lot in this game. I have a hard time against his style of play in the Meta Knight ditto; he sometimes goes for weird or unsafe options that usually work great against me. But I kept my composure the entire game, and adapted accordingly. For more details, I invite you to watch the video above. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 3 - Aleman ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Zero Suit Samus (Aleman) Stages: Game 1: Battlefield Video: N/A Summary of the match: I have literally 0 experience against Zero Suit Samus. I have played a ZSS player only once in a tournament before this match (Chilean National Tournament, WBR2, Dual, I won 2-1). This gave me a lot of troubles in the match, as I’m not used to how to play ZSS at all. I know what the character can do, but I always get hit by things or options I am not expecting by my lack of experience in the match up. Aleman is a MvC3 player, who randomly plays Brawl from time to time. I didn’t played very well in this match, and Aleman capitalized every one of my mistakes really well. The match was pretty even most of the time, but at the last stock I started to get used to his style of play, where I got some great D-Throw reads, and Air Dodge reads to rack up a lot of damage, and build up my lead. I got him quickly to 120%, while I was just at 44%. I cornered him to the edge of Battlefield, where he made the mistake of rolling behind me, so I just D-Smashed to win the game! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 4 - Cloud ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs R.O.B. (Cloud) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Video: N/A Summary of the match: While Meta Knight has a great advantage over R.O.B. I just can’t play comfortable against R.O.B., I do well, but I can’t feel comfortable due to R.O.B.’s projectiles and “feel” of the character. Against R.O.B. I usually shield all of his projectiles, enter to his zone, and then punish from there. Meta Knight can use his speed to get around R.O.B. really easily, spot dodging, or rolling R.O.B’s attacks are great ways to “get in” also. I also like to pressure R.O.B’s shield with rising D-Airs, and then tornado ROB’s shield to “eat” the weak shield. The priority in the match-up is to get ROB in the air, or off the stage. I managed to get Cloud out off the stage in all 3 of his stocks. And all 3 of those times ended in a successful kill. ROB’s recovery is quite unique, because he literally “flies” and it can travel great distances, and attack like he normally would in the air. However, he can only fly for a set time, if he gets over that time limit, he would fall to his doom. I keep ROB off the stage with well-timed D-Airs over his head to get him away of the stage, and then if he recovers low, I would do a Shuttle Loop in reverse in the edge to hit him (He can’t air dodge). And if he recovers high, well timed Shuttle Loops, or U-Airs + D-Airs are more than enough to keep him off the stage. I won with 3 stocks and 140%. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 5 - Gacel ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *LOL at my face* Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (Gacel) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Video: N/A Summary of the match: I don’t have too much to say about this match, but I have never seen or played Gacel at any tournament in Santiago, so he was probably a new player. I played really well the ditto, keeping the right distance, and blocking + punishing everything accordingly. My F/D-Tilt and spot dodge game was on point during this match! I won with 2 stocks and 20-30%. After pools I had the time to use the bathroom, and eat something before Bracket Play started. After eating, the referees were calling the players for their matches. My first round was against Hb2! ==================== Brawl: Singles Bracket ==================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Bracket: Bracket Round 1 – Hb2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Marth (Hb2) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Castle Siege Video: Summary of the match: Marth and Meta Knight are pretty even, but Meta Knight has the advantage on the off-stage game, and speed. Meta Knight’s tornado beats any aerial attack of Marth if the tornado is in front of Marth. So, my main strategy was to get Marth right above me with a tornado, roll + Grab/F-Tilt/UpB (which is Marth’s weak spot and Meta Knight’s best position) and then punish from there. For more details, check out the video! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Bracket: Winners’s Round 1 – Ivan-Solid ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *Not the best quality. Sorry for that!* Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Sonic (Ivan-Solid) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 1: Frigate Orpheon Video: Summary of the match: I don’t know what happened with Ivan in this match. The night before the tournament we were having some great and close matches. I think he was too nervous in this set. Well, my general strategy is to cancel any Spin Dash with a Tornado, Shield + Aerial attack or F-Tilt/D-Tilt and then punish from there. Sonic has a great aerial mobility, so keeping up with him in the air can be pretty difficult. Sonic’s main weakness is that he CAN’T kill. His only kill move is his F-Smash, and it’s extremely hard to hit with it. Sonic can do a lot of damage, and he can combo really well. But he can’t kill you. The key to win this matchup is to not get killed by Sonic. You can get combed here and there, but if you keep your stock, regardless if you get some damage for it, you’ll eventually win. For more details watch the video! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brawl Singles Bracket: Winners’s Semi Finals – Phantom ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Diddy Kong (Phantom) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 1: Castle Siege Video: Summary of the match: I like to play Phantom, he’s a really fun player and person. And I have to play my best to beat him, and I love doing my best! My general strategy against Diddy Kong is to NOT get hit by Diddy’s kill moves or set ups. Which means, bananas and F/D-Smash. Diddy Kong has a LOT of combos, and real setups to get easy kills or damage. His main weakness is his recovery, so getting him off the stage to get an easy stock was also one of my goals in the set. Diddy Kong may look like he has a weak shield, but in fact, his shield is much better, and can “eat” a lot of hits before breaking. I don’t like to spam tornado in this match up, it’s something Diddy Kong can easily punish. For more details, watch the video above! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Bracket: Winners’s Finals – Dragon ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (Dragon) Stages: Game 1: Battlefield Game 2: Smashville Game 3: Yoshi’s Island Video: N/A Summary of the match: I played really well this set. I spaced, reacted, and played great. I spaced my Tilts, cancelled them to Grabs/Rolls/UpBs when necessary, spaced my F-Airs and U-Airs very well, and edgeguarded Dragon really smart. And I also got some great Shuttle Loop and Air Dodge mindgames! I 2 stocked him consistently the 3 games! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Grand Finals - Phantom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Diddy Kong (Phantom) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Yoshi’s Island Game 3: Yoshi’s Island Video: *Only Game 3 was saved* Summary of the match: I won game 1 and 2 pretty easily. I 2 stocked him both games. Game 3 is the only video that was saved, for more information watch the video above! Also, read the comments for an explanation of the game. After shaking Phantom’s hand, the tournament was over. Yay, I won without dropping a single game! After the tournament, I helped Ivan clean up the whole place; re-organize consoles, TV’s, controllers, chairs, etc. Then after that, we ate a really good dinner. After that, I used the PC for a little moment to check out my Facebook, Twitter, and the vVv Gaming’s Forum, and of course, the SmashBrosLA forum as well. After that, I went to the bed immediately, I was really tired. ============================================================================== September 11th, 2011, 12 PM - "Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a really cool game!” ============================================================================== We woke up at 12PM. I went to the bathroom, showered, and prepared my bags and stuff for my bus travel at 3:30 PM. Ivan jumped on the PC right away to make the Tournament Results thread in SmashBrosLa. And I didn’t really want to play Brawl alone, so I decided to check out Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii. And wow, it was a great game! Great graphics, story, gameplay, and sound effects! I enjoy a LOT On-Rail Shooters (Like House of The Dead) and I like a lot the Resident Evil series, so mixing up both things made a perfect game for me to enjoy! Ivan’s dad cooked the lunch for the whole family at 1:30 PM. After eating, I had to go to the Bus station to take my bus! After saying thanks to Ivan and his family, I parted ways. Ivan’s dad recommended me to take another route to the Bus station, which required me to walk around some streets I have never went to. It was risky, because I had an hour to get to the bus station. He told me to take a Transantiago (Local bus) to the metro station, and then from the metro station a connection to the center of the city which is where the bus station is at. I told him I can’t take the Transantiago because I forgot to fill money on my VIP card. So he recommended me to take a colectivo about 5 streets from there. I did that, and waited for about 5 minutes, and no colectivo showed up. I started to get worried, so I went for the safe route and took a Taxi to the nearest metro station and then made a connection from there to the center of the city (I prefer to spend 2-4 dollars in a Taxi, than risking to lose my bus. Even If I have the money to buy another bus ticket, I have the possibility that no bus is available for that day. And that’s a risk I would not like to play with!). After 30 minutes in the metro, I arrived to the metro station with 15 minutes to spare. I bought a watter bottle, and a cheese sandwich for the trip. I forgot to charge my Nintendo DS for the trip, so I knew that my trip was going to be boring, haha. It wasn’t that bad, and I arrived about 30 minutes before the expected time (Instead of 9PM, we arrived at Chillan at 8:30 PM). My dad picked me up from the bus station (Along with brother and sister). We ate at one of my Uncle’s house, and then he gave me a ride to my house. This was a really good tournament experience. After checking out some stuff in the PC, I went to the bed. I really wanted to take a good rest! Well, that was my experience from the Hedgehog’s Lair, thanks for reading! Below you will be able to check out all the information from the Hedgehog’s Lair, such as number of entrants, tournament brackets, forum links, etc. ======================= Tournament Information ====================== Number of entrants: 24 ------------- Brackets ------------- Mid-Tier Singles: http://i863.photobuc...93/MidBrawl.gif Singles Brawl: http://i863.photobuc...lid93/Brawl.gif Tournament thread: http://www.smashbros...hedgehogs-lair/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for reading! Shoutouts to my family, my mom, my dad, Angelica, my friends Felipe, Jose and Mauricio! Shoutouts to vVv Gaming for their support! Make sure to follow me on Twitter to stay updated with everything that is Smash in Chile, and funny videos/pictures from time to time! Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/vVv__ZeRo Or you can like my page in Facebook to access *almost* to the same content (plus some cool extras!), but on Facebook! Facebook Page: https://www.facebook...118311108249601 Once again, thanks for reading! Best regards, Gonzalo “vVv ZeRo” Barrios. Source: vVv ZeRo's Tournament Blog #9: The Hedgehog's Lair
  8. ======================================= ~~~~~~~~> Tujo Paso Agosto iiiiesh! <~~~~~~~~ ======================================= Hello everyone! How it's going? I'm going to tell you everything about my most recent tournament in Valparaiso, Chile! After what happened at The Spirit of Smash, and the fact that I'm practicing A LOT for Apex 2012 I decided to drop any use of any other character. I'm going 100% Meta Knight from now on. Any practice I can get before Apex 2012 will be AWESOME, and my best character BY FAR is my Meta Knight, I feel like I'm "wasting" my time practicing or playing with other characters. So, let's get started with my 8th blog! ======================================= August 26th: Gonzalo, where's my phone? ======================================= I wasn't able to find someone to house me in Valparaiso for this tournament, so the plan was that I was going to stay with a very good friend of mine, Nekokatsu, who lives 1:30 from the tournament (Santiago). I had to take my bus at 1 PM. However, I didn't have a camera, so I asked one of my friends (K-Lao) to lend me his Mom' camera, his Mom accepted. I had to meet up with him at a local gamestore around 11 AM to pick up the camera. I had everything ready (Lunch -thanks mom-, my travel-bag, backpack, controller, vVv Gaming T-Shirt, etc) before leaving to pick up the camera. My mom and Benny were going to carry my travel-bag and equipment close to the bus station at 12 PM while I was going to pick up the camera. Everything went perfect. K-Lao decided to come with me to the Bus station. For some weird reason, we met up with my Dad on our way to the Bus Station so he gave us a ride just in the right moment! After we got there, my Dad gave me 10.000 pesos (20$ USD Dollars), wished me luck for my tournament and then left. While we were waiting for my Bus to arribe, my Mom started to search for her Phone: Gonzalo, where's my phone? We started to search EVERYWHERE for the Phone, but it wasn't in the Bus Station, or in any of our pockets! I had to leave, my Bus arrived just when we were looking for my Mom's phone. I get a call like 1 hour later from my Mom's phone! She found her phone on my Dad's trunk. The trip was "weird" this time for me. To my bad luck, the seat next to me was being used by a Mother and her 2 years old child. The kid screamed and jumped the WHOLE trip, and I couldn't do anything at all because I was sitting next to them! Awwww. Anyway, I had to *Deal with it*. I couldn't sleep because of this, but thankfully, playing Resident Evil on my DS kept me really entertained the whole trip, so it wasn't "that" bad, haha. I got to Santiago at 6PM. I had to take the Metro for about 20 minutes to get to Nekokatsu's house, which was GREAT. Usually, I have to take trips of 45-1 hour, and it's extremely annoying to travel in the Metro with my travel-bag and equipment, I feel sooooo weak . Anyway, I had to meet up with Nekokatsu at 6:30 PM at the metro station that's closest to his home. He came up with his Girlfriend, and from there, it's just a 5 minute walk to Nekokatsu's apartment, sweet! (I'm used to taking a bus, or even MORE Metro to get to anyone's house, short and sweet) We ate (I still had some leftovers from my Lunch) and then we played Brawl for some hours. After that, we decided to buy our bus tickets for tommorow (we still had to travel 1:30 to Valparaiso for the tournament, thankfully, the tournament venue is a few streets from the bus station). However, I didn't have enough money in my bank account, so Nekokatsu transfered some money to my account (So I could use my account, and take advantage of a nice discount). We had to leave Valparaiso on the same day, so we chose the Bus that was leaving at 11PM, to our surprise, that was the most expensive class on bus company (Premium Bed), HOWEVER, it was at the SAME price of the cheapest class! We bough it immediatly haha! However, I didn't have my "Password Card" for online purchases, so I called my mom to help me out. However, EVERY time I was about to purchase our bus tickets, the page would freeze! So I asked my mom to buy them for me since the page won't stop to freeze every single time over here! She was able to buy them (THANKS Mom) and we were ready to go tommorow! =========================================== August 27th: "Tricky advertising is sooo Tricky!" =========================================== We woke up at 8AM with Nekokatsu. We ate a great breakfast (I LOVE Milk), dressed up and then packed our stuff and equipment for the day (Controllers, money, vVv Gaming gear , etc ). We had to take the Metro for about 20 mintues to get to the bus station. We had to take our bus to Valparaiso at 10 AM and we got there at 9:30 AM (I try to ALWAYS be 30 Minutes AHEAD of the schedule on my tournament trips, you never know if something happens, but if it happens, I'm ready for it!). For some reason, the bus arrived at 9:40 AM, but cool anyway. We spent the trip talking about Doubles strategies, match ups. and then personal stuff. Before we even noticed, we were already in Valparaiso! Thankfully, the tournament venue is just a 5 a minute walk from the bus station. On our way to the tournament venue, there were some girls advertising a Restaurant, and it offered some AWESOME food at a VERY low price, and we were really hungry. However, we didn't have the time to Eat at that moment. We decided to register to the tournament before going for lunch. For some weird reason, I decided to sign up for Melee Singles (I used to be very good at Melee, but now, I'm really, really bad at it. I just don't play the game anymore, and Melee requires CONSTANT practice to be good at it). And then we asked the Tournament Organizer if we could go out for Lunch for about 40 minutes. He basically said the "Why not" Internet meme, haha! So, we went to the restaurant that was very close to the tournament venue (the restaurant that the girls were advertising) and to OUR surprise those prices were only "Week day" prices. SO WHY you're advertising that on a WEEKEND day? FAKE ADVERTISING IS FAKE! Anyway, we both ordered a "custom" sandwich with Meat, avocado and Quesillo (White Cheese). I still had my water bottle, so we didn't order anything to drink. After a great gunch and some awesome "TV Time" (we watched some Olimpic Sports, very cool) we went back to the tournament venue. After greeting everyone i warmed up with Kite and his friends for about 30 minutes. After that, pools started! ====== Pools: ====== ------------------------------------ vVv ZeRo vs LeandroHot ------------------------------------ ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- -------------------------- Stage: Battlefield -------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (LeandroHot) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Video: Soon! ------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- Leandro is a Snake main, but he decided to try his Meta Knight for this match. I got caught off guard at the start by some "weird" attacks by Leandro, but I quickly came back and "didn't look back". I kept a solid game, with Forward Rolls, Shield+Spotdodge to evade Meta Knight TIlts, and a lot of attacks out of shield. I won with 2 stocks and 60% of damage. ----------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Camilo ----------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- -------------------------- Stage: Lylat Cruise -------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Falco (Camilo) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Video: Soon! ------------------- -------------- Summary: -------------- Camilo was a new player to the tournament scene, however, he wasn't a new player to the game itself. He still has a lot to learn. He didn't camp nor abuse Lasers/Phantasm. He just played aggresively with Falco, something that's very unusual, and overall, a bad strategy most of the time. I played the match very well with well spaced D-Airs, Tornados, and a great Edgeguard game overall. I won with two stocks and 10%: ----------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Fabri ----------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- ------------------------- Stage: Lylat Cruise ------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Fox (Fabri) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------- Video: Soon! ----------------- ----------------- Summary: ----------------- Oh boy, Fox is one of the few match ups I don't like to play. And Fabri is also one of few players I don't like to play in a tournament set. He's very "Random" on everything. For example, if I'm on the ground shielding, instead of D-Airing my shield, rolling, spaming laser, or any attack that is safe, he just runs to my shield and does a Forward Smash. Yes, that random, and for some reason, it works a lot with me (I tend to over-think things sometimes, I'm working on fixing that). I camped really hard this game, and I NEVER approached if I didn't have a good reason to do so. "Planking" in action; ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Planking is a Meta Knight strategy in which the player with the lead, most of the time the Meta Knight, grabs the edge of the stage, and starts doing attacks below the edge to hit the floor above him. As Meta Knight has a sword with trascendental priority his attacks go through walls or celings, making this strategy extremely powerful in tournament play. This tactic is used to make the opponent approach in a bad position, and rack up easy damage. There's, however, a limit of how many times you can grab the edge, if the game ends in a time out, and you exceeded that limit, you lose that game. That limit is most of the time, somewhere between 30 and 50 edge grabs) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I slowly made a strong lead over Fabri, and he just fell apart and started to make bad desicions, like rushing to the ledge, or shielding too much. I kept my defensive game and didn't look back, I won with 2 stocks and 90/100%. ------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Kite ------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ------------------------------------ Set procedure: Best of 1 ------------------------------------ -------------------------- Stage: Smashville -------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Marth (Kite) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------ Video: Soon! ------------------ -------------- Summary: -------------- Kite is a local Smash player from Valparaiso, and also one of the few players in Chile who use Marth in tournament play. Marth is a very good character (Top tier) but in Chile there are VERY few players who use him in Tournament Play. I played quite aggresive, and my goal in this match was to get Marth right above me, Marth's wrost angle and position is right above their opponents, especially because Meta Knight's best position is right below their opponents. I managed to get him in the air a lot, and rack up LOTS of damage because of it. Then I would edgeguard him for the kill. Also, another strategy I used to get im on the air was to stand up on the platform of Smashville, and wait for him to jump to hit me. I would drop below the platform and hit him with a Tornado or a F-Air/U-Air. And if he wanted to hit my shield, I would do a Shuttle Loop out of Shield to get him in the air. Both strategies worked wonderfully. Here's a picture of it in action: I got a great gimp (getting your opponent off the stage, and then messing up his/her recovery to the stage and killing him/her at a really low percent of damage. That's what a Gimp is.) on the 3rd stock to win the game. I won with 3 stocks and 140-150%. --------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs ZeroX --------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ------------------------------------ Set procedure: Best of 1 ------------------------------------ ------------------------- Stage: Smashville ------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Pit (ZeroX) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Videos: Soon! -------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- ZeroX was a new player to the tournament scene, but he has the SAME name of the best Wario player in Chile, haha. On his last stock, I got him below the stage with only 2 jumps left. I started to chase him below the stage and he started his Up B to reach the other side. Right there, I did a Drill Rush that hit his Up B, JUST, JUST in time, and with the very TIP of the drill rush to kill him (if you hit Pit when he's using his Up B, he will lose all momentum and fall to the ground, as we were below the stage, that meant the lose of his stock and the game). That felt so good . Besides from that, I don't have to say to much about this match, I 3 stocked him pretty easily. ----------- I advanced from pools with a record of 5-0. I had some time to go to the bathroom after pools ended, and then I went to eat something. After that, I played a lot of friendlies with LeandroHot, Garet, Kite (and his friends). After this, registrations for the "Crew Battles" started. ============ Crew Battles: ============ Two Team Captains were chosen (Garet and I) and we had to pick up 4 members for our respective teams. I chose, LeandroHot, Fabri, Dexia and other person I can't remember at the moment . Also, crew battles have a different format. Each team has a set number of stocks and members. Example, 3 stocks x 10 members = 30 stocks for team A. The game is played normally, but there are two exceptions: 1.- The winner of the game, faces the next opponent with the SAME stocks he had on game 1. Example, if player A wins with 1 stock over player B. Player A would face player C with 1 stock, and player C having 3 stocks. That's how Crew Battes work. 2.- There is no time limit, because the players HAVE to win by stocks. The first game was Fabri vs Garet. Garet destroyed Fabri. Then I chose Dexia, Garet destroyed Dexia too. So In the 3rd game, I chose to play. I 2 stocked Garet. Then I had to face Tujo, Chile's best Ice Climber. I won with 1 stock. And then I 3 stocked the next 3 players (I can't remember their names, but they were new players to the tournament scene) to win the Crew Battle. After the crew battles ended, the bracket started immediatly afterwards. My first round was against Dexia, a good friend of mine, and the best Meta Knight/Marth main in Valparaiso. ======== Bracket: ======== ---------------------------------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Dexia, Winners Round 1 ---------------------------------------------------- ------------ Picture: ------------ *LOL at Dexia using a Halo:Reach T-Shirt on a Brawl tournament* ------------------------------------ Set procedure: Best of 3 ------------------------------------ -------------------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Smashville game 1, Yoshi Island's game 2 -------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Marth (Dexia) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Videos: Soon! ------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- Dexia doesn't like to play me with Meta Knight, so he went Marth in this set. I played the Marth match up in a very similar way here as I did in my Pools game with Kite. Making him to jump, platform tricks, get him off the stage, etc. I don't have to say to much about this set, I won pretty easily both games with 2 stocks and 30-40%. ------------------------------------------------------ vVv ZeRo vs Camilo, Winners Round 2 ------------------------------------------------------ ----------- Picture: ----------- -------------- Summary: -------------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 3 ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Smashville game 1, Battlefield game 2 ------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight game 1, R.O.B. game 2 (Camilo) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Videos: Soon! -------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- Camilo went Meta Knight on game 1. I played really well against his Meta Knight, and 2 stocked him in less than 2 minutes. Then, he counterpicked me to Battlefield with R.O.B. , where I started a little bit slow, took my time with each hit, and won the game with a solid lead of 2 stocks and 40%. ---------------------------------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Yasfer, Winners Finals ---------------------------------------------------- ---------- Picture: ---------- ---------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 5 ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Smashville game 1, PictoChat game 2, Smashville game 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (Fabri) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Videos: Soon! -------------------- -------------- Summary: -------------- Game 1 was really close, we traded hits back and forth until the last stock, where I got him into the air early on and racked up a lot of damage very quickly. After that, I edgeguarded him very well to win game 1. Game 2, he counterpicked me to PictoChat. The game was very similar to game 1. I got him into the air on his last stock, and racked up a lot of damage I was "saving" his habit to dodge after he F-Tilted my shield for the right moment, and this was the moment. After he F-Tilted me, I did a grounded Shuttle Loop to win game 2. He counterpicked me to Smashville once again. I played very well this game, and 2 stocked him pretty easily and quickly. I capitalized on every single one of his mistakes, and played a great edgeguard game. I won 3-0. ============================= vVv ZeRo vs Garet, Grand Finals ============================= ======== Pictures: ======== ====================== Set procedure: Best of 5 ====================== ============================================== Stage: Smashville game 1, and Battlefield game 2 & 3 =============================================== ========================================================================== Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Snake game 1 & 2 and Marth Game 3 (Garet) ========================================================================== ============= Videos: Soon! ============= ========= Summary: ========= Garet is the best Snake in Chile, and used to dominate every tournament in the 2008 era. Snake is my easiest and favorite match up as Meta Knight. Game 1 was amazing for me. Every time I got him into the air, he would get 100% of damage by my juggle game, or he would die because of my edgeguard game. I mixed my U-Airs, N-Airs, Tornado and grabs perfectly to rack up as many damage as I could, and not letting him touch the ground. I won with 2 stocks and 20%. Game 2, he counterpicked me to Battlefield. I played amazing again, and mixed up all my attacks correctly to get Snake into the air, and either rack a LOT of damage, or "erase" that stock. I won with a solid lead of 3 stocks and 120%. Game 3 he changed to Marth, but the history wasn't very different from game 1 & 2. Every time I got him in the air and above my Meta Knight he would get a lot of damage, or die because of it. I won with 2 stocks and 60%. Me after winning the tournament: After this, a "Joke" doubles tournament for free started. However, for some WEIRD reason, only 2 teams entered LOL. Nekokatsu and me, and Dexia-Garet. We won really easily with 2 stocks both games, to win 2-0. I don't have to much to say about this set, we played GREAT with Nekokatsu. That's all, haha! After this, we went to eat some Sandwiches with Dexia, Garet, Fabri, Jeos and two Melee players. After that, we went to Jeos' house for a bit (the tournament ended at 8PM, and Nekokatsu and me had to take our Bus at 11 PM, so we had 2 hours to eat and play Brawl), played a lot of Brawl and then we left at 10 PM. Thankfully, the bus station is a 10 minute walk from Jeos' house. Fabri came with us to the bus station, but then he had to left because his "Colectivo" or "Special Cab" to his house appeared just in time. We took our PREMIUM BED (and for ONLY 3.900 pesos, 8$ USD Dollars) class with Nekokatsu. We basically had two beds instead of seats, which made the trip VERY awesome. We spent the trip talking about personal stuff, and how the tournament experience was for us. We got to the Bus Station REALLY fast, at 12:30 PM we were already in Santiago. Which is awesome, considering the trip usually takes an hour and 30 minutes. Nekokatsu called his Dad and told him we were already in the bus station ( he was going to pick us up at 1AM, but we got there 30 minutes before). He picked us up, and wow, Nekokatsu's dad is a cool person. He tells you RIGHT away what he thinks about people. Well, he hates videogames, and he thinks we're crazy to even think that we can compete in videogames. BUT, his face changed right after I told him I'm sponsored by a company from US (vVv Gaming) and immediatly showed respect to gaming lol. I don't mind that, I'm used to people thinking that videogames aren't something you can compete on, or that is a waste of time. Nekokatsu's dad was a very cool person, I like the people who tell you what they think right off the bat instead of saying "Oh that's cool" and when you leave "What a joke". After we got to Nekokatsu's apartment, I "felt" I lost something. And in fact, I lost my phone! I was talking on the phone before Nekokatsu's dad picked us up at the bus station. So we were both sure that my phone was in the car of Nekokatsu's dad. And yeah, it was! After Nekokatsu's dad came back he gave me my phone back. I said to myself: "Yay, awesome". We were all really hungry (Nekokatsu, his girlfriend and me) so we decided to go out to eat something. They tried to convince me to eat at McDonals, but I HATE, I HATE, McDonals. Anyway, after agreeing (LOL) we ate at McDonals. And to my surprise, the food was really good. And the Juice, was actually Juice from a fruit! And not something that LOOKS like Juice, but doesn't TASTE as juice (which is normal in Mc Donals). After eating, we came back to Nekokatsu's Apartment. He challenged my Snake 3 times for 500 pesos (1$ USD Dollar) best of 3. And I won the 3 sets LOL. After that, we went to sleep, we were VERY tired. ===================================== August 21st: You never know everything! ===================================== I woke up at 11AM, ate a great breakfast with Nekokatsu, showered, and then packed up everything for my trip. After a BRO FIST (<4) with Nekokatsu, and saying THANKS for everything, I left. I had to take my bus at 1:30 PM. I got to the bus station at 1:20 PM. I bought a Sandwich and a water bottle for the trip. And then I went to my seat. To my surprise, every seat had TWO numbers, my seat was the number 36, but right above 36 was "38". After telling someone "Excuse me, that's my seat" and actually, being mistaken TWICE, I found my seat. Next to me, an adult of about 25 years old was REALLY busy reading a book. For some reason, he decided to talk with me for a while. We talked about LOTS of things, life, videogames (He plays Smash! Haha!) and even girls. Then, he decided to buy me something for lunch when the bus stopped, I said I had lunch and I could share it with him, but he wanted to buy me something anyway, so I agreed to it lol. After eating, he decided to share his book with me, a book called "Entrenamiento Mental" (Mental Training). A book that is about how confidence, practice, attitude, and the power that you have in your mind is the key of success. Dedication, practice, perseverance and mentality was the main point of the book. This is a topic that is EXTREMELY interesting to me, because my mom keeps telling me to keep pursuing my dreams until I accomplish them. I read about 5 chapters of the book on the bus, about 100 pages. We discussed about every chapter to share ideas and toughts. He was a Personal Trainer who is doing his Post-Grade in Fisic Education, and he lives in Valdivia. After some great talks about the point of life, dedication, and other interesting things, we arrived to Chillan. After a BROFIST (<4) and saying thanks for the lunch, and a GREAT time I left. i took two collectivos to get to my house (one to the center of the city, and other from the center to my house. I live in the East corner of the city). After finally getting to my house, I uploaded the pictures to the vVv Gaming gallery and Facebook and then I went to sleep. I was VERY tired. So, that's how I won "Tujo paso agosto iiiiesh!". Thanks for reading! ======================= Tournament information: ======================= ======== Bracket: ======== =================== Number of players: 20 =================== ======== Placings: ======== 1.- vVv ZeRo (Meta Knight) 2.- Garet (Snake and Marth) 3.- Yasfer (Pikachu, King DeDeDe and Marth) ================= Tournament thread: ================= http://www.smashbros...ent-resultados/ Link of the Picture Gallery: http://www.vvv-gamin...pirit-of-smash/ Shoutouts to my Mom for ALWAYS believing in me, and helping me with EVERYTHING! THANKS! <3 <3 <3 Shoutouts to my Sister! For you my Paloma! THANKS to vVv Gaming for their support! Make sure to follow me on Twitter:https://twitter.com/#!/vvv__zero And like my page on Facebook:https://www.facebook...601?cropsuccess Thanks for reading and thanks for your time! Best regards, Gonzalo "vVv ZeRo" Barrios. Source: vVv ZeRo's Tournament Blog #8: Tujo paso Agosto iiiiesh!

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